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04 August, 2001
The fortunes of the Greek film industry appear to be on the up this summer, with increased sales of Greek films to new markets and various Greek entries in international film festivals.
Costas Kapakas' "Peppermint" made a good impression at the youthful Giffoni film festival in Italy, where it won a top award. Also screened at the Giffoni was Giorgos Tsemberopoulos' "Back Door", while the film "Closed Roads" directed by Stavros Ioannou was screened at the film festival in Jerusalem.
"Closed Roads" is also to appear at the Edinburgh film festival on August 12-26, as will the film "The slow business of going" directed by Rachel Tsaggari. Lakis Lazopoulos' film "My best friend" will be played at a film festival in Hollywood.
Commercial successes for the industry include a recent contract for 20 Greek films with the Israeli television channel YES, and contracts for an additional 20 films for TV networks in the US and Canada.
Source: Athens News Agency